Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles 2016

15 June 2016

This Sunday 19th June, from 12.30 - 4pm, the future lifesavers and lifeguards of WA will participate in the Royal Life Saving Society WA Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles. The annual State Titles are designed to test the pool lifesaving skills that children have learnt at their respective clubs throughout the year, in a fun and exciting environment.

The Junior Lifeguard Club program aims to increase children’s participation in swimming & lifesaving activities. It is an aquatic education alternative to traditional swimming lessons for children who want to combine their passion for swimming with the ability to learn new lifesaving skills. The program is an opportunity for them to join a club that will advance their aquatic skills, with an emphasis on fun while maintaining strong club feelings and loyalties.

Trent Hotchkin, Senior Manager Swimming and Water Safety Education at Royal Life Saving WA says “Whilst we ensure the activities are great fun and offer new experiences for the children, they also have a serious outcome of educating the children in essential lifesaving skills that may one day save a life. The program provides a pathway from grass roots participation through to elite competition for those who would like to continue down the competitive path of pool lifesaving."

This year the Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles will be hosted at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. We are expecting up to 100 members to compete, testing their skills in a format that will recognise placegetters but the emphasis will be on fun! Junior Lifeguard Clubs travel from all over the metropolitan area to attend; including representation from Altone Park Leisure Centre, Ballajura Aquatic Centre, Wanneroo Aquamotion, Cannington Leisureplex, The Swim School, Leisure Park Balga, Fremantle Leisure Centre, Bold Park, Swan Park, Central Aquatic Swimming & Lifesaving Club and host club Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.

Events conducted on the day test the children’s skills in rescue, accident prevention and emergency care; teaching skills that will save lives and last a lifetime. The events included the 50m Obstacle race, 50m Manikin carry, 50m Manikin tow with rescue tube and 10m Rope Throw Relay. Overall winners of the day in each age group will receive medals for their achievements, and all participates enjoy a hotdog at the end of the carnival while interacting with their peers from other Junior Lifeguard clubs.

A highlight of the day will be the attendance of WA’s State Pool Lifesaving team, to assist Royal Life Saving WA and Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre with the operation of the event, as well as passing on their skills and knowledge in Pool Lifesaving to the participants.

The Royal Life Saving Junior Lifeguard Club program is proudly supported by the Department of Sport & Recreation.

To get involved in the Junior Lifeguard Club contact click on the link below.